Common misconceptions and clichés about life in Canada

Hello everyone,

Old clichés die hard, as the saying goes... and living in Canada can generate lots of misconceptions in the eyes of the people.

What are the most common misconceptions about the expat lifestyle in Canada?

What are the most common clichés about life in Canada in general?

Did you have a biased view of the country before moving there? What is you view now?

Thanks in advance,


Many think that seeing snow is beautiful but mannnn!  winter is wicked here in Nova Scotia and the cold can last as long as 5 months .  So no it is no fun!!

No everywhere is never always the same

That it is very hard to live here

The main clichés, in my view, is that the health care system is really unsuitable.
But with hindsight, this system is not that bad if your life is not in danger.

Life and death cases are always given priority which affects those who are suffering from non-life threatening issues. For example, you're waiting for knee replacement surgery and it finally gets scheduled, but you get bumped from the operating room for someone who needs immediate attention. The hardest part is waiting to see specialists, but once you get in things usually pick up after that.  That makes it hard for people in pain, but that aren't actually dying, which is a major kink in the system.

It also depends on the province and whether you're in an urban centre or not. I needed stitches and was through the emergency room in under an hour, but I was in Vancouver. It took us almost three years to get a family doctor in Prince Edward Island, so there are differences.

Having lived in a country that you must pay for health care, I certainly prefer the Canadian model.

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